Feb. 24, 2013
AMES, Iowa - The 2013 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships came to a close on Sunday evening in Ames, Iowa, at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. The men's team finished second with 108.50 points, courtesy of two individual championships from senior Patrick Casey on the second day of competition, while the women finished eighth with 38.50 points, and saw senior Tia Brooks capture her third consecutive shot put title.
With his two individual titles and one relay championship, Patrick Casey was dubbed the 2013 Big 12 Indoor Championships men's high point award winner with 22.5 points to his name on the weekend.
"I was really pleased to see the way both teams came together today," explained Oklahoma head track and field coach Martin Smith. "Obviously the team score on the men's score indicates that we had a near-perfect meet, maybe even exceeded what people thought we would do here this weekend."
"Coming into the meet, I believe we were picked to be fourth- or fifth-place type of team," he continued. "Obviously, we just exceeded what that expectation was. This was just a really nice point for us coming together as a team - for both the men and women."
"It was just a really good weekend for us as a team."
Casey picked up Oklahoma's first championship on the track, and his second of the meet after he clocked a 4:00.81 in the men's mile. The senior, who anchored the winning distance medley relay on Saturday night, trailed most of the race, but kicked into another gear on the back end of the final lap to surpass Oklahoma State's Kirubel Erassa and grab the first individual Big 12 title of his career in the Crimson and Cream.
"It was an honest race, I can tell you that," expressed Casey. "I felt good all the way throughout, I never looked up and I figured I would just go all-out the last 200 meters," he explained on his mile victory.
"Thankfully it worked."
Casey's Big 12 indoor mile championship marks the first time a Sooner has brought home a title in the event for Oklahoma since Gail Hodgson crossed the finish line first in 1960.
Building off his momentum in the mile, Casey followed suit in the men's 1,000-meter run with a school-record breaking 2:22.39 performance to claim his second championship of the day and third of the meet.
With the run, Casey currently owns three OU program records to his name in the mile (3:56.28), 3,000-meter run (7:52.80) and now has the 1,000-meter leading mark (2:22.39) - each of which have been set throughout the 2013 indoor season.
"It's been a tough two days on my legs with all these events, but I knew coming in that I was in shape for this meet," commented Casey. "I just wanted to come out and have a positive experience today. My goal coming in was executing the game-plan throughout each race, staying tough and crossing that line first.
"For me, it's just so exciting for me to be able to come out here, and perform like this right now."
On the field, Brooks, eclipsed her own Big 12 meet record and shattered a 15-year standing distance at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center when she threw her fourth shot of a 60-9.25 (18.52m) at the Big 12 Track and Field Championships for the win. With the performance, Brooks claimed her third-straight indoor title in the shot put at the conference meet.
"I'm just overwhelmed and overjoyed to be able to say that I won in the best conference there is, not just this year, but three years in a row. It's just such a tremendous thing," beamed Brooks after her win.
"Breaking the Big 12 record, well I guess my Big 12 record, is just something that happened," the Grand Rapids, Mich., native continued. "It's the same with the three titles - it wasn't on my mind - but to have it is wonderful."
She becomes just the second woman in Big 12 history, joining Iowa State's Lisa Griebel (1998-2000) to win three consecutive titles in the event. Her throw marked the ninth consecutive win for Brooks in the event, dating back to the 2012 outdoor season.
Not only did she break through her own Championship record en route to stamping her name in the record books, but her performance marked the third time this season that she has thrown over 60 feet. To date, she remains the lone women's competitor in the NCAA to accomplish the feat in 2013.
"I just always want to do my best and improve every time I go out there and throw," remarked Brooks. "I wasn't able to do that by beating my own personal-best performance today (19.00m), but I was able to go out there and still put together some good throws."
Oklahoma added three other top-two finishes on the day.
Senior hurdler, Tre' Lathan was the runner-up finisher in the men's 60-meter hurdles after he stopped the clock at 7.82, one tenth of a second behind 2013 champion, Keiron Stewart of Texas (7.83). The finish marked the third All-Conference honor of his career, and was an improvement from last year's fifth-place performance.
In the field for the men, Wayne Walls leapt to a personal-best 49-10.50 (15.20m) en route to a silver-medal finish in the men's triple jump with the best Big 12 championship finish of his career.
On the women's side, senior Kristen Rice had another top-two finish for OU with the best Big 12 Championship performance of her career. Her final season in collegiate competition, Rice racked up her third All-Big 12 indoor honor of her career after she cleared 5-9.25 (1.76m) to take second overall.
Nine Sooners earned All-Big 12 individual honors for the first time in their career on Sunday.
Sprinters Erin Jones (7.45) and Jeremy Rankin (6.70) each picked up recognition in the women's and men's 60-meter dash, respectively, while Jones added another top-eight finish in the women's 200-meter dash (24.11) to snag her second career honor. In the men's 200-meter race, junior Waymon Storey picked up his first league honor when he crossed the line in 21.45 for sixth. Also in the sprints, Matt Wicks received All-Big 12 honors in the 60-meter hurdles with a sixth-place, 8.05 output.
In the men's 3,000-meter run Ryan Poland picked up the first All-Big 12 accolade of his career in the Crimson and Cream with a fifth-place, 8:05.52 run.
On the field, junior Landon Sharp finished seventh in the men's high jump (6-8.00/2.03m) to earn the first all-conference recognition throughout his time at OU, while freshman triple jumper Deon Pinder finished fifth in 47-4.50 (14.44m) to earn a medal and podium finish. A pair of throwers in Austin Perry and Tyler Sergent finished fifth (58-6.75/17.85m) and sixth (58-00.50/17.69m), respectively in the shot put to take home the first conference honors of their young careers at OU.
The Sooners will conclude the 2013 indoor season March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark., at the Randal Tyson Track Center for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas. Select OU representatives will take to the track next weekend at a regional site for a Last Chance Qualifier meet.
2013 BIG 12 INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: TEAM STANDINGS
1. Kansas (150.50), 2. Texas (148), 3. Iowa State (142), 4. Baylor (72), 5. Oklahoma State (48), 6. Texas Tech (41), 7. Kansas State (41), 8. OKLAHOMA (38.50), 9. TCU (37), 10. West Virginia (20.50)
1. Texas (135), 2. OKLAHOMA (108.50), 3. Kansas State (96), 4. Baylor (79), 5. Texas Tech (76), 6. Kansas (74.50), 7. Oklahoma State (73), 8. Iowa State (61), 9. TCU (38)
Women's Shot Put
1. Tia Brooks, Sr., 60-9.25/18.52m#
12. Brooke Garner, Fr., 48-11.50/14.92m
14. Avione Allgood, Fr., 48-5.25/14.76m*
Men's Shot Put
5. Austin Perry, Fr., 58-6.75/17.85m
6. Tyler Sergent, So., 58-00.50/17.69m*
7. Conrad Aaron, Sr., 56-2.50/17.13m
Women's High Jump
2. Kristen Rice, Sr., 5-9.25/1.76m
9. Abbie Wallace, Fr., 5-5.25/1.66
12. Claire McConnell, Sr., 5-5.25/1.66m
Men's High Jump
8. Landon Sharp, Jr., 6-8.00/2.03m
Women's Triple Jump
6. Whitney Johnson, Sr., 38-11.75/11.88m
Men's Triple Jump
2. Wayne Walls, Sr., 49-10.50/15.20*
5. Deon Pinder, Fr., 47-4.50/14.44m
Women's 60 Meter Dash
6. Erin Jones, Jr., 7.45
Men's 60 Meter Dash
4. Jeremy Rankin, Sr., 6.70
Women's 200 Meter Dash
7. Erin Jones, Jr., 24.11
Men's 200 Meter Dash
6. Waymon Storey, Jr., 21.45
Men's 400 Meter Dash
7. Jamel Wood, Sr., 47.69
Men's 800 Meter Run
7. Frezer Legesse, Sr., 1:54.63
1. Patrick Casey, Sr., 4:00.81
5. Frezer Legesse, Sr., 4:04.17
Men's 1,000 Meter Run
1. Patrick Casey, Sr., 2:22.39!
7. Brandon Doughty, So., 2:26.72
Men's 3,000 Meter Run
4. Kevin Williams, Sr., 8:05.22
5. Ryan Poland, So., 8:05.52
13. Andrew Weaver, Sr., 8:12.29*
Men's 60 Meter Hurdles
2. Tre' Lathan, Sr., 7.82
6. Matt Wicks, Jr., 8.05
Women's 4x400 Meter Relay
7. Oklahoma (Ebanga Arrey, Erin Jones, Daunicia Demerson, Tiaira Carter), 3:42.92
Men's 4x400 Meter Relay
6. Oklahoma (Jamel Wood, Ethan Baker, Tre' Lathan, Waymon Storey), 3:12.80
!indicates an Oklahoma Track and Field indoor program record
#indicates a Big 12 Championship Indoor Track and Field program record
*indicates a personal-best performance